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TCU Admissions

If you want to apply to TCU, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the application fee is $50. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Applying Early to TCU?

Texas Christian University offers early decision and also offers early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! TCU will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at TCU is 51%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 47%. TCU accepts about 62% of early action applicants* and 47% all applicants for all deadlines.. In 2021, TCU admitted 437 of the 855 students who applied early decison. Last year, TCU admitted 6,197 of the 9,957 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is TCU Hard To Get Into?

TCU is avery difficult school to get into. TCU evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, TCU **accepted 47% of students, around 8,966 of the 19,028 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like TCU, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT. Admissions to Chancellor's Scholarship Program, STEM Scholars Program, Community Scholars Program is program extremely difficult.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult. In 2021, TCU waitlisted 1,690 students. Of those, 779 eventually got off the waitlist.

What's Most Important to Get In to TCU?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at TCU

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Important
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Important

TCU Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to TCU must submit the following items. Double check with TCU's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into TCU?

Out of all students that were admitted, 33% submitted a class rank. At TCU 47% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 75% were in the top 25% and 95% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Texas Christian University, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 33%

TCU is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 41% of TCU's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 58% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for TCU?

To be competitive with other TCU applicants, you should strive to earn between 1150 and 1340 (or higher!) on the SAT. At TCU 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1340 and 25% of scored lower than 1150, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of TCU students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 580 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of TCU students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 580 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for TCU?

To be most competitive at TCU, you should strive to earn between 25 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for TCU's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for TCU students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Texas Christian University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to TCU.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is June 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in TCU during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term

TCU Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to TCU?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to TCU.

Does TCU accept transfer credits?

TCU accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. TCU accepts:

CLEP subject tests

Does TCU accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

TCU accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to TCU?

No, TCU is test optional, so you can choose if you want to to submit your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is TCU's acceptance rate?

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What is the early decision acceptance rate at TCU?

TCU's early decision acceptance rate was 51% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at TCU?

The early action acceptance rate at TCU was 62% in 2021.

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TCU Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into TCU? TCU is a very selective institution. The TCU acceptance rate is 47%. This means that the institution accepts 47 out of every 100 applicants.



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TCU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to TCU is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to TCU is Jun 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

TCU ACT Scores


ACT Range

25 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


25 to 31


25 and Less


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TCU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1150 - 1340


Math SAT Range

570 - 680


Reading SAT Range

580 - 670

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Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

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